Halloween is just around the corner and, as with all holidays, with it comes a new crop of potential scares for your pet. From candy to pranksters, Halloween can be an eventful night. If you plan for spooky happenings, you will ensure that you and your furry friend have a safe and happy All Hallows Eve.
The first and best step to avoid any potential candy mishaps is to ensure that your pet doesn’t have access to your children’s candy haul in the first place. While almost everyone should know that chocolate is poisonous to dogs, it’s far from the only potential candy danger. Some artificial sweeteners, like Xylitol, are toxic to dogs- as are raisins. Small, hard candies are choking hazard for pets as much as they are for small children. Refined sugars in general are just as bad for our pets as they are for us. While we can control what we eat, and moderate ourselves accordingly, it is up to us to keep our pets safe and healthy.
Should your dog get ahold of chocolate despite your efforts, the symptoms of chocolate toxicosis (as well as basic treatment tips) can be found here. Contact a vet as soon as possible. While there is no “antidote” for chocolate poisoning, the vet will be better equipped to administer treatment. The best treatment though, is to simply avoid the situation by storing the candy dish out of your dog’s reach and monitoring any small children to prevent them from sharing
Less dangerous, but just as stressful, are trick-or-treaters. If your dog is the type to freak out when someone comes to the door you may want to invest in a stress-vest or sedative of some kind. Sedatives can be prescribed by a vet or purchased over the counter, depending on type and severity. As with any medical product, follow the instructions provided with it under the guidance of a veterinarian. It is also crucial to test the product before the big night to ensure a safe and relaxing evening for your four legged friend.
Lastly, please ensure that your dog is wearing their ID. It is also a good idea to provide your dog with a clip-on light for their collar to increase their visibility. They can see just fine in the dark but you want pedestrians, and more importantly- drivers, to be able to spot them. Halloween is a big night for dogs running away. With the large number of people out and about after dark you want to ensure that your dog is found and safely returned to you.
Follow these tips, and there is no reason why you and your faithful companion can’t have a happy Halloween together.